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Samba Brazilian Grill

240 west gilman street, Madison, WI 53703
608-257-1111
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Ranked #91 of 835 Restaurants in Madison
Price range: $35 - $100
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Buffet, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: State Street
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English first
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a carnivore's delight! I've enjoyed coming here over the years and my last visit was this past September. Love the unique ingredients on the salad bar, the grilled pineapple is hard to stop eating, sausages are rich and a bit fiery, garlic chicken was flavorful and juicy and those cheese bread popovers (pão de queijo) on the table... More 

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143 reviews 143 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 via mobile

Samba is a great place if you like the "Brazilian skewer of meat" experience. Their food is very high quality and the service is very friendly. The salad bar has a lot of different selections, though I was disappointed that they didn't have very many of your typical American salad toppings.(onions, carrots, shredded cheese, etc.) I love eating different kinds... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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39 reviews 39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Bring your appetite. This is similar to other all-you-can-eat meats-on-a-spit places in other cities. But it's a very nice atmosphere with great service and outstanding selection. It's hard not to fill up on their salad and sides bar, and that's before you start stuffing yourself with several succulent meats. We like coming here with friends. Since it's a little pricey,... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We had dinner here during UW parents' weekend and really enjoyed our meal, including my daughter who is a vegetarian. They have a monster salad with many salad and vegetable choices. This is a classic Brazilian BBQ with the constant flow of meat choices you control with your green/red table indicator. Great beef and chicken dishes and we LOVED the... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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284 reviews 284 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went to Samba for their $15 per person brunch and it was a great deal! The salad and dessert bar was fantastic (especially the goat cheese and the cheese bread balls) and you can go get as many plates as you want. Our favorite meat was the flank steak which was so juicy and delicious. The grilled pineapples were... More 

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

What more can I say! All the basics plus more. The salad bar is so much more than salad. It's a meal by itself. Come hungry. Great service and many choices.

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Ii fortunately we had a totally inept waitress with the initials KD. She took our drink order then left for good. I hailed the hostess to get our drinks ten minutes later and a kind bus boy got us refills later on. Shouldn't have to work that hard for service. Good thing she did remember the drink she never filled... More 

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Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Samba has a great salad bar (my favorite part of the meal). Many kinds of meat keep coming until you flip the wooden "bring more, or enough at the moment" indicator on your table. My favorite...the grilled pineapple which I consider to be the desert. Best deal..Brunch. Same great salad bar, a few less meat choices. But much more economical.... More 

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I like trying out new places. Came here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The service was great (even after it started to get busier). The salad bar area is awesome and all the meats were excellent. The leg of lamb and roasted pineapple were the highlights of the meal for me. My life loved the meats but was more intrigued... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Went last night and it was very disappointing, as compared to past visits there. Service was lousy despite not being crowded. Never cleared plates from table. Never brought bread to table. Gouchos came around very infrequently. Food is downhill -- way too much seasoning. Parmesan pork and sausage too salty to even eat. Past experiences the food and service was... More 

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Address: 240 west gilman street, Madison, WI 53703
Phone Number: 608-257-1111
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
Average Prices: USD 35 - 100
Cuisine: Steakhouse

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